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SOCI6007 - Class, Race & Ethnicity

Title:Class, Race & Ethnicity
Long Title:Class, Race & Ethnicity
Module Code:SOCI6007
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Sociology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Next Review Date: November 2021
Module Coordinator: Mary Galvin
Module Author: Paddy Anderson
Module Description: This module focuses on class, 'race' and ethnicity and explores to what extent they structure the experience of individuals and groups in society and influence their life chances. The module intends to develop in the community practitioner an awareness of, and ability to engage in analysis of the structural and cultural factors at work in the production and maintenance of social inequality and difference in their communities. The core conceptual frameworks of class, ‘race’, and ethnicity are briefly explored. The substantial focus, however, is on the key social and political factors informing the formation of class, race and ethnic identity as collective formations in society, with specific focus on Irish society, both North and South, from the period of nation-building onwards and the examination of past and contemporary challenges facing minority groups.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify different conceptual models of social class and discuss the significance of conceptual models for the objective identification of class.
LO2 Chart and discuss the history and development of class structure in Ireland and identify significant periods of change.
LO3 Describe the relationship between class, 'race' and ethnicity and the operation of power in society and in their local community.
LO4 Discuss the issues faced by minority groups in society, and identify myths and stereotypes.
LO5 Critically reflect on and explore the complexities of their own identity, and identify the factors that contribute to identity formation in local communities.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Social Class
What do we mean by social class? Marx versus Weber on social class. Social relations of production or occupational categories. Measurement of social class. Social Class in Irish Society. The role of the State in occupational change. Land versus credentialism. Social class as an aspect of collective identity formation.
'Race' and Ethnicity
Conceptualising 'Race' and Ethnicity. The concept of social closure. Ethnic boundaries. 'Race' and Ethnicity in Irish society. Nation and Nationalism. The relationship between Class, 'Race' and Ethnicity.
Legal and Policy Frameworks
Minority Status. Integration, assimilation, pluralism, multiculturalism, genocide Identifying racism, institutional racism, prejudice and The race ‘problematic’. Generating 'parity of esteem', Equality legislation. Establishing a bill of rights. Defining citizenship.
Collective Identities
Understanding social division. Identifying aspects of identity formation and solidarity in local communities. Identifying sources of collective mobilization and the dynamics of mobilisation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions In-class test (core concepts) 1,4 20.0 Week 6
Written Report Essay on selected topic 2,3,4 60.0 Sem End
Performance Evaluation Journal of Reflection linking theory to practice 3,4,5 20.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/Workshop 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Critical engagement with course material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/Workshop 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Directed Learning Independent critical engagement with the course material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Perry Share, Mary P. Corcoran and Brian Conway 2012, Sociology of Ireland, 4th revised Ed., Gill and Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717149841]
  • Healy, J. and O'Brien, E. 2014, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class: The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change, 2nd Ed., Sage Pub. [ISBN: 10:1452275734]
  • Giddens, A. and Sutton, Ph. 2017, Sociology, 8th Ed., Wiley Academic Cambridge [ISBN: 0745696686]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Banton, Michael 1983, Racial and Ethnic Competition (Comparative Ethnic and Race Relations Series), Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 0521274753]
  • Breen, R., Hannan, D., Rottman, D. and Whelan, C. 1990, Understanding Contemporary Ireland: State, Class and Development in the Republic of Ireland, Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 0717117413]
  • Gilroy, P. 2002, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation, 2nd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 9780415289818]
  • Hainsworth, Paul (ed) 1998, Divided Society: Ethnic Minorities and Racism in Northern Ireland, Pluto Press [ISBN: 0745311954]
  • Mac Laughlin, J. & and Crowley E. 1997, "Being Black in Ireland", by E. Aniaglon, in: Under the Belly of the Tiger: Class, Race, Identity and Culture in the Global Ireland, Irish Reporter Publications [ISBN: 9781900900027]
  • May McCann, Séamas Ó Síocháin, Joseph Ruane (eds) 1994, Irish Travellers: Culture and Ethnicity, Institute of Irish Studies Belfast [ISBN: 0853894930]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • The Immigrant Council of Ireland 2014, ICI Submission: Immigration, Residence and Citizenship – an Area for Law Reform
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Brynne, Sean 2000, Conflict and Group Identity: Lessons from Northern Ireland, MCS: Conciliation Quarterly, Winter 6-8
  • Mutwarasibos, Fidele 2013, Apathetic on Racism: Challenging stereotypes seems to turn the public off, Immigrant Council of Ireland
  • Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality April 2014 Traveller Ethnicity, Report on the Recognition of Traveller Ethnicity
  • Department of Justice Task Force, 2000 Task Force on the Travelling Community
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HCOED_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Development 3 Mandatory
CR_HCOED_6 Higher Certificate in Arts in Community Development 3 Mandatory

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